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3 years ago

Google brings Google Earth 3D maps to Seattle and Denver

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Back in June Google announced they would be improving Google Earth substantially by adding 3D mapping to the mix and we even managed to get a good look at it during Google I/O. Now, only a few short months later Google has managed to add Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington as destinations that you can view on Google Earth in 3D. All the work is done using advanced image processing and 45-degree aerial imagery as noted on the Google Lat Long blog. The data is live and viewable right now, if you want to take a fly-over Seattle or Denver. Just make sure you're on the latest version of Google Earth and you're all set to go.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Gameloft teases Unreal-powered Wild Blood

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Gameloft has been having a bit of fun with video game fans using their next action adventure game as bait. As revealed, the game is called Wild Blood and makes use of the Unreal Engine. The freshly revealed trailer shows off some pretty interesting footage but Gameloft isn't ready to give up all the goods just yet. Hints given out tell us the IP based on a well-known character from history and that's about it. In order to unlock the next hint, you have to hit up their Facebook page. If you're not all into that and just want to check out the trailer, you'll find it embedded below.

More Info : Gameloft on Facebook

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3 years ago

Asus Transformer Pad TF300 LTE headed to Germany and Austria

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Coming a little out of the blue, it seems that an LTE version of Asus' Transformer Pad TF300 is 100% real and is to be released in Europe this month. A German press release issued today indicates that Germany and Austria will be seeing the TF300 LTE in the middle of August. That's pretty close to now. 

Available in red and blue in both countries, a white version can be had only on O2 and without the docking keyboard. Prices without the keyboard are set to be €529 ($651), and with the keyboard €629 (about $774). It's a little pricey, especially given the other Asus tablets available. But, it's got LTE and for some that's enough to warrant parting with their hard earned. There is no mention of prospective availability outside of these two countries at the moment.

Prospective German and Austrian buyers should be sure to check out our full review of the WiFi only TF300.

Source: Techfokus via The Verge

 

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3 years ago

UK Sony Tablet S receiving maintenance update

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The world may be forgetting about the Sony Tablet S, but Sony isn't. And that's a good thing. UK based Tablet S owners should be seeing an update pushing out to them right about now. 

The update doesn't bump the Android version any further than the current 4.0.3, and at only 9MB isn't bringing anything massive to the tablet. But, the fellas over at Coolsmartphone are reporting that they're seeing a considerable improvement in performance. Overall they're seeing a distinct change in navigating through the tablets UI and menus, although app performance hasn't changed. 

In any case, bug fixes and optimizations are as good a reason as any to update a device, so if you've got a Tablet S let us know in the comments below if you're seeing any changes. 

Source: Coolsmartphone

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK removing tethering for new Full Monty plans, backtracks on 'truly unlimited' data

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Truly unlimited mobile data is something of a rarity in the UK, so imagine our delight when the Full Monty plan first appeared from T-Mobile. No fair usage limits, and perhaps best of all, all variants of the Full Monty included free and unlimited tethering. Now though, it seems T-Mo UK is quickly backtracking on their "truly unlimited" moniker and taking away tethering from the package.

Speaking to Techradar, a T-Mobile spokesperson had the following to say: 

"From 8th August, tethering is not permitted for new customers under the terms and conditions of the Full Monty.

"We have a range of smartphone and mobile broadband plans that include tethering for customers who want to stay connected on other devices."

So as of yesterday tethering is no more. The spokesperson also declined to comment further on why the U-turn had come about. As it stands now, Three UK once again looks like the best deal to be had, with their One plan still offering unlimited data and inclusive tethering. With Everything Everywhere -- the T-Mobile/Orange UK partnership -- looking to try and offer LTE before the year end, removing tethering from their flagship plan is sure to be a bitter blow to those who may have been holding out. 

Source: Techradar

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3 years ago

FlightTrack offers free version with new design; paying customers have to wait

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Some news out of the Mobiata camp today. FlightTrack -- which long has been one of our go-to travel apps -- now has a free version, with a beautifully revamped design. If you've previously purchased FlightTrack, however, you'll not see the redesign just yet. Included in the free version of the app, though, are the redesigned UI, including flight details and a rough tracking map (other apps give a more detailed flight path), real-time departure and arrival info, gate numbers and baggage claim details. Plus, there's viewing on Google Maps, and the whole shebang covers more than 16,000 airports and 1,400 airports.

So is the free version of FlightTrack the way to go? Probably not if you're a road warrior. It's lacking the all-important Tripit integration, you can only track a single flight at a time, you're missing weather info, plus other features.

But if you travel only once in a blue moon, it's definitely worth checking out. Let's just hope those of us who have paid for the app see an update shortly.

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3 years ago

Ouya pre-orders now open to everyone

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If for whatever reason you didn't back Ouya's efforts on Kickstarter when it was live, no matter. Starting right now, you can head on over to the Ouya website and place your pre-order for an Ouya console and controller. Ouya has set up several options for ordering, so if you need more than one controller you can order it directly with your package. The price list looks like this --

U.S. Orders

  • 1 Console = 1 Controller = $109.99
  • 1 Console = 2 Controllers = $139.99
  • 1 Console = 4 Controllers = $199.99

International Orders

  • 1 Console = 1 Controller = $119.99
  • 1 Console = 2 Controllers = $149.99
  • 1 Console = 4 Controllers = $209.99

The pricing includes $10 for shipping in the U.S., and $20 for international shipments. The expected time of delivery is listed as being April 2013. That's still quite a wait, but if the funding was any sort of indication, you might want to get your pre-order in while you still can. Full disclosure -- Android Central is one of Ouya's Kickstarter backers.

Source: Ouya

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3 years ago

Amazon Cloud Player now available on Sonos

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Amazon has been busy making improvements to its Cloud Player. The company recently announced the ability to scan and match music and now it has made the service available on Sonos. So now if you store your music through Amazon, you can register and start playing your collection anywhere in the house, directly from your Sonos system.

To get started, you'll need a five-digit code from your Sonos controller, which will allow you to register through Amazon.com. Once it's registered, to find your collection on your controller, just select 'music' and then 'Amazon Cloud Player'.

There is a Sonos app available for the Kindle Fire and for other Android devices from the Google Play Store. Full press release after the break.

More: Amazon AppstoreAmazon

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze Q press shot appears, Aug. 15 release rumored

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A press render for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q (gasp) has emerged, seemingly confirming rumors of an Aug. 15 release for the upcoming QWERTY slider. The device, which we'll mercifully call the Blaze Q from now on, is rumored to rock a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 720p screen and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Essentially, a Galaxy S3 with a full physical keyboard, which is exactly what it looks like in the shot above.

Today's render, obtained by TmoNews​, hints at a possible release next Wednesday, Aug. 15. The date is mentioned in the clock and weather widget on the phone, and last month a leaked internal screen claimed that's when the Blaze Q would launch. As you may have noticed, certain manufacturers like to include launch and announcement dates in promotional photos -- for example, the Galaxy S3 press renders all showed May 3, the date of that phone's unveiling in London. It's far from conclusive, but the evidence is certainly stacking up in favor of a Blaze Q launch in just under a week.

Tmo customers, anything here catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet leaks once again, aluminum shell shown up close

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Following the huge leak just over a week ago that revealed its existence, the Sony Xperia Tablet has emerged once again today, in the form of leaked press renders. The renders obtained by ​XperiaBlog show the Tegra 3-powered, Xperia-branded tablet up-close, allowing a more detailed view of the new aluminum back and folded magazine style chassis. The trademark wedge, while not as pronounced as in last year's Tablet S, is plain to see.

Sony's Tablet S was one of the more unique Honeycomb tablets to emerge late last year, and the Xperia Tablet is shaping up to be a worthy successor, with Android 4.x, a quad-core CPU and software aesthetics influenced by Sony's smartphone range.

Sony's new tablet is expected to make an appearance at the company's IFA press conference later this month, with a launch rumored in time for the holidays. Tentative pricing is purported to start at $449.99 for the 16GB version. 32GB is set for $549.99, and 64GB for $649.99.

We've got a couple more leaked renders after the break.

Source: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 gets stable for the Galaxy Nexus

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Just a quick heads up that CyanogenMod 9 has hit stable build status for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. (That's the GSM Maguro version of the GNex.) That means you'll be running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and not the newer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But if you've got a hankering for some stable CM9 on the GNex, you're ready to go.

If you do choose to download and are comfortable with torrents, be sure to seed. You'll be doing the world a favor.

Download: CyanogenMod 9 (stable) for the Galaxy Nexus; thanks, @zacharystern

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3 years ago

Google Translate v2.5 adds image translation and more

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Looks like there's a big update for the Google Translate Android app going out this morning. The big addition in the new version 2.5 is the ability to translate parts of images using your phone's rear-facing camera. This feature can be used by tapping the camera icon, tapping the screen to take a picture, then highlighting what you want to translate. It takes a little getting used to, but with a bit of practice it's pretty easy to tag certain sections for translation, which should be useful for signs and other short messages when traveling. Note, however, that you'll need at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread to use image translation.

Other changes include the ability to specify preferred dialects for speech input, instant, as-you-type translation similar to the Google Translate web interface, and improvements to the way Japanese characters are handled. Specifically, the app can now recognize multiple Japanese characters at once.

We'll definitely be taking this app with us to IFA in Berlin, Germany later this month. If you're traveling anytime soon, you'll probably want to do the same. Hit the Google Play link to grab the latest version of Google Translate.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom 3G finally gets Ice Cream Sandwich in the UK

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More than a month after the European roll-out of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for Wifi-only Motorola Xoom tablets begun, the British 3G version of the Xoom is finally getting its ICS update. That's right -- until recently, the UK 3G Xoom was two versions behind the U.S. Wifi version, which recently got bumped up to Jelly Bean. We'll just let that sink in for a second.

In any case, ​Eurodroid​ is reporting that those who've stuck it out with the 3G Xoom for the past year or so have been rewarded with an OTA update to Android 4.0.4, and with it the knowledge that they're only one major version behind Xoom owners across the pond. If you've got a 3G Xoom, head to Settings > About tablet > Software updates and finally kiss goodbye to Honeycomb.

Now begins the wait for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though given the timing of this most recent update, we certainly wouldn't hold our breath. If you're feeling brave (and impatient), you may want to check our friendly Motorola Xoom forums for tips on rooting and flashing a Jelly Bean ROM on there manually.

Source: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia GX now available in Japan on NTT Docomo

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Right on schedule, Sony's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia GX, has today launched on NTT Docomo in Japan. The slim-line device is the spiritual successor to last year's Xperia Arc, and it comes with a spec list that should tantalize Android fans after a relatively tepid early 2012 showing from Sony.

The GX boasts a 4.6-inch 720p Sony HD Reality Display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera (based on Sony's new CMOS sensor for smartphones). On the software side, there's Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by Sony's UXP NXT software, and all the proprietary Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation functionality you'd expect. Android purists will be pleased to hear that the GX sports on-screen buttons, including a dedicated multitasking key.

If you're in Japan, you can view pricing details and other info at the source link below. If not, you'll have to wait until later this month, where Sony's expected to unveil an international version of the GX at its IFA press conference in Berlin.

Source: NTT Docomo

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3 years ago

International Galaxy S3 gets OTA update with new baseband

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Owners of the international Samsung Galaxy S III (S3, GT-i9300) are waking up to a new over-the-air update this morning. This tiny update weighs in at under 1MB, and comes labeled as a "stability improvement" patch. As far as we can tell, the only thing this version changes is the phone's baseband (radio firmware), bumping it up version XXLH1. The rest of the system image, where the remainder of the software is housed, doesn't seem to have been touched at all since the last OTA.

So it looks like this is just a minor OTA to address some issues with the radio firmware, which will be welcome news to S3 owners still experiencing the elusive "cell standby" battery drain issue that's been reported on forums. Though we've yet to receive confirmation that the update fixes this issue, it's the most likely reason for a quick radio update like this. We should also mention that local search is alive and well in this version, after it was restored a few weeks back.

If you're rocking an unlocked international Galaxy S3, you'll probably have already received the notification for this update. If not, head to Settings > About device > Software updates on the phone, or fire up Samsung's Kies desktop software to grab the new OTA. Carrier-branded phones may have a little longer to wait before they get this latest update.

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